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CentreStack vs. Egnyte

What you should know and what you should ask when comparing CentreStack to Egnyte.

Why Do You Need a Self-Hosted Egnyte Alternative?

CentreStack provides a self-hosted Egnyte alternative that simplifies access to existing file servers to maximize data privacy and security. This simplified remote access works seamlessly from mobile devices, web browser and PCs by creating an access layer that does not change your existing IT infrastructure or replicate your data to the cloud. So you maintain complete control of your data and existing users remain unaffected by the enablement of mobile use cases.

Why CentreStack?

At $3.59/user/month, CentreStack is less than half the cost of Egnyte. In practice, it actually ends up being even cheaper than that since it does not require you to license all Active Directory users. You may be surprised to discover that CentreStack is more feature-rich than Egnyte when it comes to security and control, including benefits like:

Data Privacy

Guarantee data privacy. Keep data on-premises or in private clouds.

Simplified Access

Simplify file server access from mapped drives, mobile devices and web browsers.

Instant Migration

Users and permissions are automatically migrated for instant access.

NTFS Permissions

Centrally manage granular NTFS permissions and AD users with auditing and reporting for all activities.

Reduced Costs

Reduce bandwidth usage and storage consumption with on-demand synchronization.

Data Consistency

Two levels of file locking combine with version controls to control distributed access.

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Benefits after Replacing Egnyte

More privacy than Egnyte

Businesses can address data privacy concerns by using CentreStack as an Egnyte alternative that keeps data on-premises. Alternatively, Managed Service Providers may choose to deploy CentreStack in a private cloud like AWS or Azure.

Mobile access to file servers

Egnyte may require data replication. CentreStack provides the option to remotely access data on your existing file servers with no data replication.

Simplified user experience

CentreStack provides the same simplified mapped drive experience from any location or device. Users are not required to learn different ways of doing things or to change file access and management behavior based on location and device.

Reduce costs

Reduce bandwidth and storage consumption with synchronization on-demand. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money. Reduce licensing and support costs by more than 50%. Egnyte is more than twice the price of CentreStack and requires licenses for all AD users. CentreStack offers an easy pay-as-you-grow model that can start with as few as 20 users and no annual commitments.

Simpler centralized management

Admins can be overwhelmed managing data across file servers, Egnyte, email and other file access or sharing mechanisms. CentreStack provides a single platform with unified management for all access scenarios.

Centrally manage granular folder permissions

For complete control and visibility, permissions can be managed from the file server that was their source, or natively with CentreStack.

Maintain compliance

Easily keep track of where the data is, who has access and how it’s being shared. Admins can perform audits of GDPR and HIPAA compliance or keep track of any changes that have been made to individual files. Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant.

Instant migration

Users start working immediately after installation without waiting until the full synchronization is finished.

White labeled file sharing solution

CentreStack provides a white labeled platform that makes it easy for MSP partners to build a private cloud file server solution based on infrastructure from Amazon, Azure or Wasabi.

File Locking

CentreStack provides two levels of file locking and version controls to protect distributed access. Files are locked automatically when online and can be checked out when going offline.

Get the Facts

Critical questions to ask when evaluating CentreStack as an alternative to Egnyte.

Data Privacy & Security
1. How will data privacy, control and security be maintained?

As a self-hosted Egnyte alternative, CentreStack provides complete control of the storage location to maximize data privacy. So, it's commonly used to guarantee data location and compliance, or maintain sovereignty. This is a common strategy for enterprises and hosting providers who want to keep data on-premises or in their country. Self-hosting also makes it easy to maintain existing compliance. For example, if you already have HIPAA compliant infrastructure, CentreStack provides an thin access layer that maintains that compliancy.

4. How reliable is the solution? How long have they been in business?

Gladinet has been in business since 2008 and has been a proven thought leader in this space. It was one of the first companies to provide drive mappings and the first to provide on-demand synchronization. The architecture of the platform makes it inherently more reliable and scalable since there are generally less moving parts and data transmissions to support.

User Experience
2. How much training and support will the solution require?

User training is minimized with CentreStack's use of things like mapped drives and file locking that feel familiar to users. For admins, assisted installation and onboarding are free with small commitments or can be purchased for a small fee if a monthly subscription is preferred.

MSP Flexibility
5. Does the service have the customizability and flexibility you need?

CentreStack provides a brandable platform that is flexible enough to work as a multi-tenant platform for managed service providers or as a single-tenant platform for enterprises.

3. What kind of support will I get once I’m onboarded?

CentreStack customers rave about CentreStack's highly responsive support team. Meaningful engagement usually happens in less than an hour and fixes are usually available in a few days.

6. What's the total cost of adoption or migration?

Another hidden cost that is often overlooked is the cost of moving data into a cloud service. It can take hours, days or even weeks to restructure data and redefine permissions. With CentreStack, Windows file structures, users and permissions can be automatically migrated with minimal effort and zero use disruption.

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